(FILES) This file photo taken on February 21, 2016 shows Chairman, chief executive, and co-founder of the social networking website Facebook Mark Zuckerberg speaks during a press conference presenting Samsung's new Galaxy 7 mobile device, on the eve of the official opening of the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.


Facebook on April 27, 2016 reported that its quarterly profit tripled to $1.5 billion as the ranks of people using the leading social network continued to climb. Profit soared as revenue in the recently ended quarter jumped to $5.4 billion from $3.5 billion in the same period a year earlier. "We had a great start to the year," said Facebook co-founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg.
 / AFP PHOTO / LLUIS GENE
(FILES) This file photo taken on February 21, 2016 shows Chairman, chief executive, and co-founder of the social networking website Facebook Mark Zuckerberg speaks during a press conference presenting Samsung's new Galaxy 7 mobile device, on the eve of the official opening of the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Facebook on April 27, 2016 reported that its quarterly profit tripled to $1.5 billion as the ranks of people using the leading social network continued to climb. Profit soared as revenue in the recently ended quarter jumped to $5.4 billion from $3.5 billion in the same period a year earlier. "We had a great start to the year," said Facebook co-founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg. / AFP PHOTO / LLUIS GENE

San Francisco: Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg has said that a lack of action by US authorities on fake political content on the platform after the 2016 US election helped pave the way for a subsequent avalanche of online disinformation.

The CEO - who has himself been widely criticised for a lackluster response to fake news - also called on governments to further regulate private data, political advertising and step up efforts to prevent state actors from interfering in US elections.

"As a private company we don't have the tools to make the Russian government stop our government is the one that has the tools to apply pressure to Russia," he said during an on-stage interview at the Aspen Ideas Festival in Colorado on Wednesday.

"After 2016 when the government didn't take any kind of counter action, the signal that was sent to the world was that 'ok we're open for business', countries can try to do this stuff... fundamentally there isn't going to be a major recourse from the American government." Zuckerberg also said the leading social network is struggling to find ways to deal with "deepfake" videos which have the potential to deceive and manipulate users on a massive scale.

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